Muscle pain after electric shock results from the muscle contracting in response to an electrical current passing through the body. It may also be caused by electricity-related burns and tissue damage. The pain and severity of injury will depend mostly on the power of the electrical current and the duration of exposure to electric shock.
This type of pain may be a sign of a more serious underlying injury. An experienced electrocution lawyer can help you and your family protect your legal rights and ensure that you recover the best settlement possible in your case against the responsible parties.
What causes muscle pain after electric shock?
Muscle pain after electric shock is most often caused by the violent contracting and seizing of the muscle as the electrical current passes through. It may also be caused by burns and injury to skin, tissues or broken bone resulting from exposure and/or contact with electricity and electric shock.
How much electricity can cause this type of injury?
Even a small amount of electrical current running through a person’s body can cause muscle pain after electric shock. However, research has shown that as little as 10 milliamperes (mA) can cause a sustained period of muscle contraction, thus increasing both the duration and severity of the pain that a person may suffer.
What affects the severity of pain?
The factors that will affect the severity of pain resulting include: (1) the amperage of the electrical current; (2) duration of exposure to the electrical source; (3) a victim’s health or medical condition prior to suffering electrical shock; and (4) whether direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC) was involved.
If you suffer any the following symptoms you should seek immediate medical attention: (1) numbness; (2) tingling (“pins and needles” sensation); (3) swelling; (4) paralysis; (5) loss of consciousness; and/or (6) seizures.
Diagnosis and tests
In order to test for and diagnosis for this type of injury, your doctor may order: (1) blood and/or urine tests for the presence of muscle enzymes that are indicative of electric shock-related muscle injury; (2) an electrocardiogram; (3) CT scans; and (4) X-rays for fractures and dislocations.
How to treat muscle pain after electric shock
To safely treat muscle pain after electric shock, you should first consult with a doctor to determine whether your pain is really a symptom of a more serious and debilitating underlying injury. Treatment may include: (1) pain medication; (2) physical therapy; (3) rehabilitation; or (4) possibly surgery.
Do you have a lawsuit?
If you have suffered this injury at work, then you may have a claim for Workers Compensation benefits against your employer if the electric shock injury occurred on the job. You may also have a claim for pain and suffering compensation against any responsible third parties or independent contractors who are responsible for your electric shock injury.
The liability and immunity issues can be complex, and it is advisable to speak to an experienced electrocution and shock injury lawyer to determine if you have a viable legal case.
Compensation for muscle pain after electric shock
The factors that will be considered in determining compensation for muscle pain after electric shock include: (1) the nature and extent of your injuries; (2) what your medical needs and treatment needs are currently and what they will be in the future; (3) the duration and extent of your pain and suffering; and (4) the experience and track record of your lawyer.
The lawyer whom you choose to hire to protect you will play a very significant role in determining the amount of compensation you are able to recover.
Insurance companies and utility companies know who the attorneys are who go to trial and who the attorneys are who can be intimidated into “settling cases short.” Today there are only a handful of truly experienced electrocution and shock injury lawyers in the United States. The cases these lawyers work on will be evaluated differently than a case being handled by an inexperienced general personal injury lawyer who is not as familiar with how these cases are defended and litigated.
An experienced electrocution attorney can very often settle electrocution and shock injury cases, including those for muscle pain after electric shock, for more money and often much faster than an inexperienced injury and accident attorney.
Get help from an experienced electric shock injury lawyer
If you or someone you love is a victim of serious personal injury or death caused by electricity, you can call and speak with Jeff Feldman, arguably the nation’s most experienced electric shock accident and electrocution attorney. Jeff Feldman has litigated dozens of electrocution cases and electric shock injury cases. He has helped victims of electrical injury in multiple states for families whose loved ones were injured or killed by the dangers of electricity, such as faulty consumer products, negligence in the building and construction industry, downed or low-hanging overhead power cables, and defective or poorly maintained pool equipment. Jeff also consults with personal injury lawyers throughout the country on electric shock injury and wrongful death cases involving electricity. You can call Jeff toll free at (800) 548-0043 for a free consultation.